Legislative gridlock and the unwillingness of lawmakers to follow statutory law with regard to paying out the annual Permanent Fund Dividend are two of the main reasons that State Senators Shelley Hughes and Mike Shower are now urging Alaskans to vote “yes” to call a statewide constitutional convention.

The lawmakers took to the stage of the Wilda Marston Theater in Anchorage on Oct. 18 to lay out the case for why they believe it is time for rank-and-file Alaskans to address issues that the Legislature is either unwilling or unable to tackle.

Prior to turning the microphone over to Shower and Hughes, Anchorage professor and Chair of Political Science at UAA, Dr. Forrest Nabors, spoke about the natural law rights of Alaskans to direct the political destiny of the state. He provided insights into the makeup of the original constitutional delegates and explained why and how the state’s current constitution was embedded with provisions that actually prevent citizens from keeping government accountable to the people.

An estimated 60 to 70 people turned out for the event, including U.S. House candidate and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Political blogger Politadick livestreamed the entire two-hour presentation on Facebook. Click here to watch it.

WATCH: State Senators urge Alaskans to vote ‘yes’ on a constitutional convention

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I believe it’s time for some tweaks to the state constitution. Two reasons; first, it’s been a mighty long time since it was adopted and things have changed. Second, the democrats don’t want it. They are afraid of loosing their hold on the people and our money. I say Vote “Yes” on proposition #1. Alaskans need the change. There are other Fush and Game things that need changed(sheep). How to get into and out of intensive management of a species. A lot of good can come from a Con. Con. so vote YES on proposition #1 on November 8th.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Thank you Mr. Davidson for the coverage and the link to politadick’s fb video!

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    The fear that some people have is that they don’t trust who will be the delegates. Who would be in charge? How will the items be chosen to change. That depends on who is in charge or tries to take over. Is it possible to trust Alaskans to do the right thing or make it worse. I would not mind Bob Bird to be a delegate. but how do I know he will be one? There need to be ground rules for a convention. I trust most Christians to do the right thing but what about the Republicans who are not ? Most of the Central Committee are not Christians but are in the Republican party for power. I understand they do not support Trump and I am a MAGA Patriot. The Republican party has the “old gang” and us MAGA patriots. Because the debate was on facebook I could not access it.. Can you email the link to it, like Jake Libby’s video. I can pass it on if I can receive it.

    • Neil DeWitt says:

      I’m confused, you say your a MAGA person but say that Republicans aren’t Christians. I thought it was the democrats that don’t believe in GOD? It’s the democrats that want to MURDER babies. Good thing their parents didn’t believe the same or we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Can you text or pm me? I’m just not understanding you here. Thank you.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Ruth Ewig, Alaska Freedom Alliance has a link for the video featuring Senator Shower and Senator Hughes:

  • Andy says:

    The good ole status quo has done no one any good except for special interests, I’m really tired of being treated like a mushroom that is left in the dark and shoveled a little BS once in a while, I support the con-con.

  • Sharon Turner says:

    Alaska citizens take note: Everyone of the ‘Fear mongering ads” telling you how dangerous a Constitutional Convention is, Blah Blah, yada are paid for by Washington DC Pacs, NEA (Powerful teachers union), and the powerful IBEW DC Union lobby. So read the small print. They are only afraid to be reined in from exerting their power and money grab for us everyday citizens. Think! How do you Think our Founders fought for our rights and wrote our US Constitution! It has held up longer than in any other nation on earth.